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theater, killing more than 12 people a week ago. and in syria where rebels and government forces are still fighting to gain control of alebeau, the country's main commercial scepter.eppo, the co commercial scepter. syria's tv says they suffered losses. ivan watson is watching this firsthand. earlier he told us about an army base that's surrounded by rebels. >> reporter: for the last hour i've been watching rebels attack on a syrian army base located just outside the northern limits of that city of aleppo. it started around sunset with great deal of rocket fire and mortar fire and machine gunfire, and we've basically been watching constant tracer fire at night, focused on this syrian army base and emerging from this syrian army base. the rebels seem to be attacking
this base, which has an estimated 14 tanks and about more than 200 soldiers from many different directions. and i've travelled in the villages around this army base. they're almost surrounded by sympathizers and supporters of the rebels. the army base appears to have called an outside artillery support. it sound s like it's come all te way from the city of aleppo just a few miles away. civilians have been fleeing the town, some of them crossing the border into turkey. to africa where at least 14 people are dead after an outbreak of ebola in uganda. at least 20 cases have been reported. they're investigating the outbreak. people are being told to avoid public gatherings and areas affect and do not eat dead animals.
there's no cure or vaccine for ebola. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com and now to mitt romney's speech in israel today. the republican candidateor president talked tough on iran and called jerusalem the capital of the state. some comments for sewer. here's his full remark unedited. >> it's a pleasure and a privilege to be in israel again and to see so many dear friends. to step foot into israel is to step foot in a nation that began with an ancient promise made in this land. the jewish people persisted to one of the most monstrous crimes in human history, and now this nation has come to take its place among the most impressive democracies on earth. israel's achievements are a wonder of the modern world. these achievements are a tribute to the resilience of the israeli people. you've managed against all odds time and again throughout your
history to persevere, to rise up, and to emerge stronger. the historian paul johnson writing on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the jewish state said that over the course of israel's life, 100 completely new independent states had come into existence. quote, israel is the only one whose creation can fairly be called a miracle, he wrote. it's a deeply moving experience to be in jerusalem, the capital of israel. [ cheers and applause ] >> our two nations are separated by more than 5,000 miles, but
for an american abroad, you can't get much closer to the ideals and convictions of my own country than you do in israel. we're part of the great fellowship of democracies. we speak the same language of freedom and justice and the right of every person to live in peace. we serve the same cause, and we provoke the same hatreds in the same enemies of civilization. it is my firm conviction that the security of israel is in the vital national security interest of the united states. [ applause ] >> ours is not an alliance based only on shared interests but also on enduring shared values. in those shared values, one of the strongest voices is that of your prime minister, my friend benjamin netanyahu. i met with him earlier this morning, and i look forward to
my family joining with his this evening as they close the fast of this day. it's remarkable to consider how much adversity over so great a span of time is recalled by just one day on the calendar. this is a day of remembrance and mourning. but like other such occasions, it also calls for clarity and resolve. at this time we also remember the 11 israeli athletes and coaches who were massacred at the munich olympics 40 years ago. and ten years ago this week, nine israeli and american students were murdered in a terrorist attack at hebrew university. tragedies like these are not reserved to the past. they're a constant reminder of the reality of hate and the will
with which that hate is executed upon the innocent. it was whoo said this about the ninth of the month of ov. we remember, he said, and now have the responsibility to make sure that never again will our independence be destroyed and never again will the jew become defensive or homeless. the, he adds, is the crux of the problem facing us in the future. so it's today as israel faces enemies and seek to commit new ones, when iran speaks of holocausts or speak of wiping us off the map only the naive or worse would dismiss it as excessive rhetoric. make no mistake, the ayatollahs in tehran are testing our moral objectives. they want to know who will
object or look the other way. my minister of israel and the leaders of iran are one in the same. we will not look away, nor will our country ever look away to our passion and commitment to israel. [ applause ] >> as prime minister baggen put it in haunting words, if the enemy puts it in words he seeks to destroy us, believe him. we've seen the horrors of history. we will not stand by. we will not watch them play out again. it would be foolish not to take iran's leaders at their word. they are, after all, the product of a radical theocracy. over the years iran has amassed a brutal and bloody record. it has seized embassies and killed its own people. it supports the ruthless assad
regime and killed soldiers. it has plotted to assassinate diplomats on american soil. its iran that is the leading state sponsor of terrorism and the most destabilizing nation in the world. we have a solemn duty and a merr intentions. [ applause ] >> we should stand with all who would join our effort to prevent a nuclear armed iran, and that includes iranian dissidents. don't erase from your memory the scenes from three years ago when that regime brought to death its own people as they rose up. the threat we face does not come from the iranian people but from the regime that oppresses them. five years ago at the herz leah conference i stated my view that iran's pursuit of nuclear
weapons capability presents an intolerable threat to israel, to america, and to the world. that threat has only become worse. now is then the regime's claims that it seeks to enrich nuclear material for peaceable purposes are belied. now is the condukoconduct of ir leaders gives us no reason to trust them with nuclear material. but today the regime in iran is five years closer to developing nuclear weapons capability. preventing that outcome must be our highest national security priority. i want to pause on that point. it's sometimes said that those most can committed to stopping the regime are reckless and provocative and inviting war. the opposite is true. we're the true peacemakers. history teaches with force and clarity that when the world's
most despotic regimes secure the world's most destructive weapons peace often gives way to weapons, to violence, or to devastating war. we must not delude ourselves into thinking containment is an option. we meade lead the effort in preventing iran from building weapons and nuclear capability. we should employ all measures and capability. and it is our fervent hope that diplomat ilk and economic measures will do so. in the finally analysis, of course, no option should be excluded. we recognize israel's right to defend itself and that it is right for america to stand with you. [ cheers and applause ] >> these are some of the principles i outlined five years ago at the herz leah conference. what was timely then has become
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>> and now let's get back to the rest of mitt romney's speech in israel. now he turns his attention to syria, lebanon, and egypt. >> let me turn from iran to other nations in the middle east where we see rising tu multiand chaos. to the north, syria is on the brink of a civil war. the dictator in damascus, no friend to america, no friend to israel, slaughters his own people as he desperately clings to power. your other neighbor to the north, lebanon, is under the growing and dangerous influence of hezbollah after a year of upheaval and unrest. egypt now has an islamist president, chosen in a
democratic election. hopefully this new government understands that one true measure of democracy is how those elected by the majority respect the rights of those in the minority, the . the international community must use its considerable influence to honor the peaceful agreement that was signed by the government under anwar sadat. [ applause ] >> as you know only too well, since hamas took control, thousands of rockets have rained on israeli's homes and cities. i've walked on the streets of sharratt and honored the results of its people and now new attacks have been launched from the sinai side. with hezbollah rockets aimed from the north and hamas rockets aimed from the south, with much of the middle east in tumult.
with iran bent on nuclear arms, america's vocal and demonstrative aid is critical. when israel is most in doubt america's must be most secure. america's commitment to israel must be most secure. when the decision was before him in 1948, president harry truman decided without hesitation that united states would be the first country to recognize the state of israel. from that moment to this, we've been the most natural of allies, but our alliance runs deeper than the designs of strategy or the weighing of interests. the story of how america, a nation still so new to the world by the standards of this ancient region, rose up to become a dear friend of the people of israel is among the finest and most
hopeful in our nation's history. differt as our paths have been, we see the same qualities in one another. israel and america are in many respects reflections of one another. we both believe in democracy, in the right of every people to select their leaders and choose their nation's course. we both believe in the rule of law, knowing that in its absence, willful men may incline to oppress the weak. we both believe that our rights are universal granted not by government but by our creator. we both believe in free enterprise because it is the only economic system that has lifted people from poverty, created a large and enduring middle class, and that has inaugurated incomparable achievements and human flourishing. someone who has spent most of the his life in business, i'm particularly impressed with israel's cutting-edge technologies and thriving economy. we recognize yours as the start-up nation and the evidence
is all around us. you have embraced economic liberty. you export technology, not tierney or terrorism. and today you're innovators and entrepreneurs have made the desert bloom and have made for a better world. the citizen of our country are fortunate to share in the economic rewards of our freedom and in the creativity of our respective entrepreneurs. what you have built here with your hands is a tribute to your people and a model for other people throughout the world. [ applause ] >> finally we both believe in the freedom of expression because we are confident in our ideas and in the ability of our men and women to think for themselves. we don't fear open debate. if you want to hear some very sharp criticisms of israel and its policies you don't have dros any borders. all you have to do is walk down
the street and step into the cafe. there you'll hear people reasoning, arguing, or speaking their mind or just pick up an israeli newspaper. you'll find some of the toughest criticism of israel you'll read anywhere. your nation like ourselves is stronger for this energetic exchange of ideas and opinions. that's the way it is in a free society. there are many millions of people in the middle east who would cherish the opportunity to do the same thing. these decent men and women desi nothing more than to live in peace and freedom and to have the opportunity to not only choose their government but to criticize it openly without fear of repression or repercussion. i believe that those who oppose these fundamental rights are on the wrong side of history, but history's march can be ponderously and painfully slow. we have a duty to speed and shape history by being unapologetic ambassadors for the
values we share. the united states and israel have shown that we can build strong economies and strong militaries, but we must also build strong arguments that advance our values and promote peace. we must work together to change hearts and awaken minds through the power of freedom, free enterprise, and human rights. i believe that the enduring alliance between the state of israel and the united states of america is more than a strategic alliance. it's a force for good in the world. america's support of israel should make every american proud. we should not allow the inevitable complexities of modern geopolitics to obscure fundamental touchdowns. no country or organization or individual should ever doubt this basic truth of free and strong america will always stand with a free and strong israel.
[ applause ] and standing by israel does not mean with military and intelligence cooperation alone. we cannot stand silent as those who seek to undermine israel voice their criticisms, and we certainly should not join in that criticism. diplomatic distance in our public between our nations embolden's israel's adversaries. by history and by conviction, our two countries are bound together. no individual, no nation, no world organization will pry us apart. as long as we stay together and stand together, there is no threat with cannot overcome and very little that we cannot
achieve. i love this country. i love america. i love the friendship and passion we have for the values which we share. thank you for your support today. may god bless my country of america and may he bless and protect the nation of israel. thank you so much. [ cheers and place ] we're going to head back to israel in just a moment to get reaction to romney's speech from israelis to the foreign policy adviser to president obama's policy campaign. the greatest empires. then, some said, we lost our edge. well today, there's a new new york state. one that's working to attract businesses and create jobs. a place where innovation meets determination... and businesses lead the world. the new new york works for business. find out how it can work for yours at thenewny.com.
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>> i think it's long been the policy of our country to have its embassy in the nation of jerusalem. it's one if i were president i would want to take in consultation with the leadership of the government which exists at that time. so i would follow the same policy we have in the past. our embassy would be in the capital, but that's -- the timing of that is something i'd want to work out with the government. >> with the government of israel? >> with the government of israel. >> but every israeli government has always asked every u.s. government to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital and move the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. >> i would -- >> just to be precise, if they said please move the embassy, you would do that. >> i'm not going to make foreign policy for my nation, particularly when i'm on foreign soil. that's something which i would agree with, but i would only want to do so and select the
timing in accordance with the government of israel. >> you could see wolf's full interview with romney tomorrow during "the situation room." now for reaction to romney's speech today in israel let's bring in cnn's sara sidner. she's live. sara, how were romney's remarks received? >> reporter: depends on who you talk to. you heard there mitt romney talking to our wolf blitzer and talking about jerusalem being the capital of israel, which israel has long said, but, of course, the palestinians really angered by his comments. the palestinians believe that east jerusalem should be their capital in a two-state solution. israel claimed jerusalem as theirs in the 1967 war and it's been a bone of contention between the two ever since. and so there's one group that is quite happy with what mitt romney said. the israelis, you could hear them clapping there.
the prime minister benjamin netanyahu actually made a statement after mitt romney's speech thanking him for his stance on iran, for backing israel, and for calling jerusalem israel's capital. so you can see that israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu very happy with his old friend mitt romney. you know they have a long relationship. they've known each other since the '70s when they worked at a consulting firm together. but let's get back to one of the main points of mitt romney's speech, which was aimed at iran, basically saying the u.s. must lead the charge to make sure that iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. >> make no mistake, the ayatollahs in iran are testing our moral offenses. they want to know who will object and who will look the other way. my message to the people of israel and the leaders of iran is one in the same. we will not look away.
nor will my country ever look away from our passion and commitment to israel. >> reporter: so you heard there that he would back israel, and he said time and again on this visit that he would back israel even if israel decided that it needed to defend itself or it needed perhaps to attack iran. so some strong statements there. as you know president obama and the obama administration has been trying to tamp down a talk of a strike and try to let go of diplomatic relations and iran getting a nuclear weapon. iran has long said it's not trying to obtain nuclear weaponry. that it's simply using its nuclear program for things such as electricity. rob? >> sara, you know, in the uk, he had a few miscues. how is the trip going in general other than the speech where he
had strong words. he went to the western wall. any michigan cscues in israel? >> well, the israeli leadership seems to be very pleased with what's happened so far, although there were a couple of members of the opposition who -- members, leaders of the labor party who were pretty upset with mitt romney because he at the very last minute canceled his meetings with them. he sthad suspected benjamin netanyahu was behind that cancellation so they made a statement saying they were not pleased at all that mitt romney canceled the meeting. then there was a bit of a kroers over this planned dinner that romney was going to have just fore he got there. he with us going to have a big dinner that was for fund-raising but it actually was going to be on a day when jews were fasting, a very important jewish holiday
known as tisha b av. talking very strongly about a relationship he says has to be strong between eaisrael and the united states as well as slamming i rehab saying he backs israel whatever decisions it might make to defend itself. rob? >> sara, as we know, it's not easy to make everybody side happy. thank you, sara. the reaction came swiftly from the obama campaign. tim roemer spoke with candy cowley. >> the threshold for governor romney, candy, is this. is he's equipped? is he prepared to be a commander in chief. when he gets off on the first leg of his trip and he goes to great britain and he insults the british people and david cameron, the prime minister, and
the mayor of london both rebuke him, the question becomes this. if he can't engage our allies on a simple topic like international olympics, how is he going to be tough enough to stand up to our gravest enemies like iran. >> back to romney's comments about the capital of israel and the remarks about moving the embassy from tell a vee to jerusalem. earlier i spoke with political analyst john brownstein about the impact of what romney said. >> there is law dating back no 1995 that says it's the policy of the u.s. that jerusalem is the dam but three consecutive presidents have used their authority to waive the provisions of the law for the exact reasons they cited, the impact on the whole world. with don't know in the long run if romney win as what will happen. the u.s. relationship to moving its embassy to jerusalem is like china and taiwan.
i think it would be premature to assume from romney's comments he would deapartment all of the pressure that moved the last three presidents would be his if he wins as well. >> cnn's senior political analyst ron brownstein on romney's comments in israel. also overseas but out of politics, there's a new deadly outbreak of ee bow lie. people are on their way to help. we're tracking that story.
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to a developing story in africa. ebola has killed 14 people. health officials are scrambling to contain it. you spoke with the cdc earlier. they have a team there. i guess they're sending more people. what's the plan to try to contain them. >> this is really scary. there's novak seem for this. 14 people have died. 20 cases reported. the cdc has seen things like this before. they say there is precedence set. we spoke to a spokesman earlier, mr. skinner from the cdc. he says that they are optimistic about dealing with this
outbreak, but they still just don't know entirely what strain it is. >> in the past when we've seen these outbreaks and were able to do really good contract tracing as well as perform, you know, good infection control and health care facilities, these outbreaks have a tendency to, you know, sort of stamp themselves out, if you will. if we can get in and sort of stop the chain of transmission. >> so this ultimately is about disease control for the cdc. as you mentioned, rod, they have a permanent team of epidemiologists but they're sending more in. the ministry of health are trying to figure out what they dealering with and if this can spread. >> that means it's much more complicated than throwing a tarp on it. they have to investigate where it came from and i suppose much like the movie back 15 years ago which was scary enough as it is. now, some of the larger populated cities, the capital and the bigger cities, what's going on there?
are people concerned about that spreading? >> we did call residents in kibaale district. you're looking at the map, a few hundred miles way from kampala. having said that, they're always concerned. because the imcue bags of the vie vus is 2 to 21 days, you can carry around the disease and in theory not know you have it. so there is concern people could be leaving the area and going to other residences. >> intense stuff. we'll be getting updates every day. a survivor of the colorado movie theater shooting she was hit three times. she makes a very emotional journey today. we're going to bridge you that story today. ...but you still have to go to the gym.
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the suspected gunman in the colorado shootings will be in court tomorrow. prosecutors will file formal charges against james holmes. he's expected to face 12 counts of first-degree murder. holmes is accused of opening fire at a theater killing many 12 people. for some of the survivors, they're turning to faith. hear from one survivor who went to church for the first time since the shooting more than a week ago. >> let'sput our hands together and welcome him. >> could you walk us back to the night of the shooting? >> we walked into that theater, and the whole place was completely packed, and here were two seats like they were just waiting for us. ♪
>> i do believe the lord wanted me in that theater and i believe he protected me for a reason. maybe the reason is to show what i've been praying for the last year every day is, lord, help me, help me, give me a way to shoulder the world who you are, and, you know, if this is that reason, then halleluiah. >> he's got a long ways go. he's got a lot of healing to take place and obviously this has been extremely difficult, but think he's very optimistic, very positive, very upbeat for the future. >> the bullet went straight into my arm. i was lying on my side. >> he doesn't dwell. he's not one to complain on how he's feeling, what's going on, what's going on, this is happening to me. he's not the victim at all. he's very strong. >> he's always been so positive, and he's just been filled with joy and love. >> saturday he came out and said he had for given the gunman. i think pierce knows who he is
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are done with, and the first olympic medals have already been handed out, so let's go to npr sports correspondent. he's in london for this week's smart sports segment. mike, you spoke about how the british are kind of taking this approach about the controversy swirling around the games. what do you mean by that? >> reporter: well, look. england's a great country.
i put them on my poed youm. but the press has a tendency to blow things up. >> no. come on. >> yeah, they have a tabloid tendency at times. so if the south korean flag is displayed as the north koreans are playing it's seen as controversy. or all of great britains have one football team. if they choose not to sing god save the queen, isn't that their right but it's treated as a huge scandal. in general i think they've been doing a pretty good job with the games. ads more as more sport is played, more and more attention will be goirch that. >> they come up with creative headlines. only the "new york post" can compete here stateside. i know as a viewer it's a little frustrating. i'm sure as a spectator as well. i've seen a lot of empty seats.
what's the word out there? >> reporter: think that's a legitimate complaint. it happens every olympics. it's how they allocates the ticket. the olympics family, which is the nice way of saying they give it to their member organizations and they are allowed to distribute them and tickets fall through the cracks. it's inevitable because it's not a system based on, let's sell the most tickets. let's satisfy the most clients. i.e., olympic committees. you're a londoner. you're here. you can't get tickets to the events and you watch them on the telly and you there are empty seats. >> big news, michael phelps not medaling in his first race. what is going on there? >> you know, michael phelps did well at trials but he seemed
uninterested in training. well, we saw that he didn't have that. in the 4 by 100, it's hard. it makes phelps' achievement all that more amazing. >> you're right. we weren't meant to be swimming under water very much. it's a difficult sport. let's talk about shooting. kim rhode has won five straight games. that's just ridiculous, isn't it? >> it's unprecedented.
first american athlete to do that in five straight games. let's face it, shooting is not up there with basketball but the spirit of the olympics is you have to nod total lent and greatness wherever it lays. i think what kim rhode did, starting at 17, winning a medal every single time, it's really amazing. >> if i were to get into a rough neighborhood, that would be a great asset. mike pesca, thank you. >> you're welcome. more reaction to republican presidentialandidate mitt romney's speech in israel. stay right there. [ male announcer ] when a major hospital
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campaign. candy crowley and tim roemer. >> first of all, he's been to israel twice. >> not as president, but go ahead. >> when you go to jerusalem and israel, it's so powerful, so compelling, your heart comes out of your chest. you understand the shared values, common interest. the president has been there, felt it. he's been in the southern cities where terrorists have rained rockets upon the people of israel. that's why he signed on friday even more money to help the israelis put together the iron dome to protect them. so is governor romney, when he says, i would take the on sit view on obama on issues as they relate to israel, would he not fund that dome? the president has visited the holocaust museum in jerusalem. he's been to the western wall. he has seen these common values
and that's why security is high and that's why he has worked so closely with other nations in the world to build the tightest coalition to try to keep iran from becoming a nuclear power. he's been very effective and he's had diplomacy, economic sanctions, and the credible threat of a military strike. >> well, that will do it for me. the cnn "newsroom" conditions with deborah in for don lemon. have a great week.
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